Bonfires of Saint John Museum
Bonfires of Saint John Museum is a fiesta theme museum. Here you will find costumes, known as ninots (wooden statues), a video theater, photographs etc.
Maca is an art museum spanning a whole 4700 m2.located in the city’s oldest preserved building. The building is dated to 1685 and is of baroque style (located next the Santa María Basilica town hall). The museum mostly exhibits art pieces donated by Eusebio Sempere in the 20th century.
The Marq museum displays archeological findings from the Paleolithic age that has been found in the Alicante area. The museum received the “European museum of the year”-award in 2004.
The museum Gravina, or Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina in Spanish, is Alicantes most varied art museum. Here you will find art dating all the way from medieval times to modern pieces of present times.
Food and beverage
Alicante is well known for its many delicious rice dishes. Spain’s most well-known dish is “paella” which consists of saffron rice and local produce such as fish, seafood and meat. As the restaurants recieve deliveries of this produce daily you can always trust that the served food is fresh.
Should anyone be in the mood for a drink a sample of “horchata” is recommended. This local beverage is rich of flavor and is made out of yellow nutsedge.
A few recommended restaurants in the area include: Restaurante El Cantó, Restaurante La Ereta and Restaurante Nou Monolin.
In the mood for partying? The El Barrio area in the old city is recommended. Here you will find a large range of bars, pubs and open-air cafés.
Clan Cabaret is the natural go-to place for the people of Alicante. This out-door café has become the center of culture, concerts, nightlife and exhibitions.
O’hara Irish Pub
O’hara Irish Pub serves alcohol in an Irish spirit but also offers breakfast and coffee. The opening hours are generous, from early in the morning to late at night.
Santa Lounge is one of the best dance clubs in Alicante, playing the most popular house music.
In Alicante you will find a large range of lodging options, be it luxurious hotels or boardinghouses.
A genuine family-owned boardinghouse is Pension Les Monges, offering charming rooms for a cheap price. Here, no rooms look like alike.
Melina Alicante is a central hotel located next-door to the Gravina Palace; a fair-priced and well managed hotel.
For those longing for luxury, Hotel Sidi san Juan is recommended. With its prime location at one of the best beaches in all of Spain as well as a gym, pool, spa and restaurant – this hotel has it all.
Mercado Central is well worth a visit for all your shopping needs.
At Plaza Santisima Faz, the outdoor Thursday and Sunday market is a great stop for locally produced crafts.
If you prefer small, cozy shops or a larger shopping mall you will find all you need at Avenida Maisonnave, Calle Castañnos (which is a pedestrian street not far from Rambla Méndez Núñez). Or why not pay a visit to Spain’s largest store chain El Corte Inglés?
Looking for a souvenir to bring home? Consider a visit to El Barrio in the old town. Along the picturesque streets you will find small shops offering, in addition to souvenirs, groceries, clothing and gifts.
For the family where everyone doesn’t enjoy shopping Panoramis located east of the harbor might be an alternative. Apart from shopping there are also activities such as a movie theater and water scooter rental available.
Time to head back home?
El Altet, the city’s international airport, is located approximately 11 km south of the city.